Samsung Messages is a great app, but not everyone is a fan. Thanks to the adaptive nature of Android, you can easily change the default messaging app on your phone. Android has a variety of communication apps to choose from, including Google Messages, Textra, Pulse SMS, and more. Google Messages is a tough competitor to Samsung Messages. And it’s pre-installed on Stock Android phones. So if you want to switch to Google Messages from Samsung Messages, you’ve come to the right place.
You may want to forward messages for two possible reasons. First, if you want to transfer Samsung Messages to Google Messages on the same phone, and second, to a new phone with Google Messages.
Observe: Google Messages is called Messaging. To avoid confusion in this article, we will use Google Messages and Google Messages alternately. The app is also called Android Messaging.
Let’s see how Samsung Messages is migrated to Google Messages.
Transfer Samsung messages to Google Messages on the same phone
If you want to switch your Samsung phone to Messages by Google, all you have to do is install the Messages app and make it the default app. All your text messages automatically appear in Messaging.
To do this, follow these steps:
Phase 1: Download Google Messages to your Samsung phone.
Step 2: Once it is installed, open it. You will be asked if you want to make this your default application. Tap Yes.
The Messages app imports all your text messages. If you have a lot of messages, give the app time to download all messages. That’s all you need to do. Now use Messaging to send and receive messages.
Also read: Microsoft SMS Organizer is another great Android messaging app. Find out how it differs from Google Messages.
If you can’t set Messaging as your default app, don’t worry. Follow these instructions to change the default SMS application on your Samsung phone.
Step-by-step instructions for changing Samsung’s default SMS application
Phase 1: Open Samsung Phone Settings and go to Applications.
Step 2: Under Applications, tap the three-dot icon at the top. Select Default Applications from the menu.
Step 3: Tap the SMS application option. Select Google Messages to make it your default app. Check the Messaging logo to avoid confusion.
Transfer Samsung messages to Google Messages on another phone
Now, if you want to transfer your text message from your Samsung phone to a new phone with Google Messages, the procedure is a little different. You need a third-party app to export text messages from your Samsung phone and import them into your new phone.
Observe: You need to follow the steps before formatting your old Samsung phone.
Here are the steps in detail:
Phase 1: Download the SMS Backup & Restore app to your Samsung phone.
Step 2: Open the SMS Backup & Restore application. Grant the necessary permissions required by the application upon request.
Step 3: Tap Set up backup. You will be asked what you want to back up – messages or call logs. Enable messaging and turn off the switch next to call logs if you do not want to save call logs. Tap Next.
Step 4: Now you get different saving options for saving messages. Select the one you want from Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive.
You can also back up to your phone using the available switch. However, you will need to email it to your other phone or manually download it to one of the cloud storage services. If you do not format your phone, you will lose the backup. Click Next after selecting the save mode.
Step 5: You will then be asked if you want to schedule a backup. Because you only export and import a backup once, disable the option. Tap Backup now. Let the app create a backup.
Step 6: Install the SMS Backup & Restore app on your new phone from the link above.
Provincial: For best results, if you only transfer to a Samsung phone, be sure to select Samsung Messages as the default application. You can later turn it into Google Messages.
Step 7: Launch the SMS Backup & Restore application after installation. Tap the three bars icon at the top. Select Restore from the menu.
Step 8: Select the storage mode from which you want to restore the backup. Wait a moment for the application to complete the recovery process.
Step 9: Open the default text messaging app (Samsung Messages for Samsung phones and Messages by Google Stock for Android phones). Messages from your old Samsung phone would be available on the new phone. Follow the instructions above to make Google Messages your default app.
Transferring messages from Samsung to Google Messages can be tricky, and we hope your guide helps you. You can also access Google Messages online at messages.google.com/web/. Scan a QR code and you can send and receive text messages on your computer without a third-party application.